Tuesday, 8 December 2015

ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria for the End Times by Andrew MacLean Review

It’s the post-apocalypse and a woman putzes around the desolate planet with her cat in her knapsack singing arias to herself. She’s trying to repair a large mech suit, which is important for no reason, while fending off cliched tribal survivors who are trying to kill her, also for no reason. That’s the whole book! 

Phewf - it’s a real struggle to find a story in Andrew MacLean’s ApocalyptiGirl! Rambling and boring just about covers it for the script. It’s unclear why anything the woman’s doing is important or where anything’s headed - context and character development are absent so the reader can’t hope to care about anything that’s going on. 

There’s an attempt at explaining how things came to be this way but after a couple of pages of convoluted nonsense MacLean gives up and has the woman drive around on her motorbike slicing arms off instead! 

The artwork is an appealing blend of manga and wood block art, and reminded me quite a bit of Michael Avon Oeming’s style too (who also happens to be MacLean's buddy). It looks very pleasant and clean and it’s the only part of this book I liked. 

ApocalyptiGirl is very poorly written and conceived dystopian sci-fi. Andrew MacLean’s a talented cartoonist though and I recommend his far better comic, Head Lopper, over this forgettable effort. 

ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria for the End Times

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